The People of the Abyss
Written when London arrived in England at the age of 25, this book gives a firsthand account of the poor, the menial workers, the homeless, and the perpetually unemployed among whom he lived in the slums of London's East End at the turn of the 20th century. It is a sensitive portrayal of daily life on the margins of society that culminates in a searing indictment of modern industrialism's mistreatment of workers and the poverty-stricken and its propensity for transferring wealth to the rich.
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Review: The People of the AbyssUser Review - Stephen Reid - Goodreads
Fascinating look at London's East End in 1902 by an American writer. Some interesting parallels to today, especially regarding issues like distribution of wealth. Read full review
Review: The People of the AbyssUser Review - Kristy - Goodreads
This is an account of people living in London's eastside and the poverty that they lived with. It was a bit of a dry read, but the gist of it was pretty heartbreaking. Read full review